Additional action on a bill (S 1693) that would create a national electronic health records system likely will be delayed until after Congress’ August recess, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee ranking member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said on Thursday, CongressDaily reports. Enzi introduced the bill in 2007 with committee Chair Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).
According to CongressDaily, the bill’s sponsors had hoped to advance the measure to the floor by unanimous consent, but concerns from some lawmakers raised the possibility of the delay. Aides to Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), who have called for modifications to the bill, said the two lawmakers would block the bill if it advanced to the floor before the recess.